Assistant Counsel, Litigation Services
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In collaboration with senior attorneys, provides litigation services for Yale New Haven Health and its affiliates (YNHH) and claims administration services for other insureds through YNHH-owned captives. Primarily manages professional liability (PL) and general liability (GL) related matters, some general litigation matters, subpoenas, and other functions related to the YNHH PL and GL program. The Assistant Counsel must be able to work independently and as a collaborative team member in the Legal & Risk Services Department.
- Provides and assists senior attorneys to provide legal advice to YNHH on all litigation related issues.
- Performs and/or manages claims investigation functions for assigned PL, GL and other litigation cases. Complies with required claims administration procedures. Claims investigation duties may include, but are not limited to:
- Collects and/or manages timely collection of relevant documents and information.
- Interviews witnesses/insureds.
- Attends case meetings and depositions as appropriate.
- Interacts with defendants and witnesses about case status and progress.
- Reviews relevant pleadings, discovery filings and other court documents for accuracy.
- Prepares selected interrogatory and production responses; obtains signatures.
- Regular case status meetings with outside counsel.
- Maintains accurate data collection required for all claims.
- Supervises litigation staff including investigators and administrative staff.
- Participates and supervises team in preparation for litigation audits.
- Performs claims management for assigned PL, GL and other litigation cases. Complies with required claims administration procedures. Claims management and litigation duties may include, but are not limited to:
- Evaluation of insurance coverage.
- Making determination of liability.
- Making determination of damages and claim value including appropriate reserve.
- Making recommendations and documenting case management plan.
- Negotiating settlements within approved authority.
- Obtaining settlement authority as required.
- Reserving within required best practices.
- Issuing and managing legal holds as required.
- Risk Mitigation identification, reporting and escalating as appropriate.
- Evaluation and pursuit of recovery and offsets as appropriate.
- Vendor management.
- Institutional Claim Committee (ICC) presentations, including but not limited to, timely presenting cases within requirements and identifying risk mitigation issues as appropriate.
- Participates in evaluation of litigation functions and suggests or makes changes to facilitate the process.
- Participates in evaluation of risk mitigation opportunities and suggests or makes changes.
- Project management of Litigation Services initiatives and projects as assigned.
- Handles institutional subpoenas and/or other legal functions as requested.
- Participates in selection of outside claims counsel. Monitors the function of selected counsel, including adherence to budgets and case management plans. Reviews litigation bills for assigned cases.
- Beeper duties as assigned.
- Insurance administration and other department duties duties as assigned.
Juris Doctor from an accredited law school.
At least five years of experience in general and professional liability claims management and litigation is preferred. Experience can be in-house at a health care facility or insurance company, or can be litigation experience at a law firm.
Current admission to the Connecticut Bar or ability to waive in or achieve bar membership in a timely fashion.
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